Drug War Chronicle #750 - September 13, 2012

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1. Drug Policy in the 2012 Elections II: The Parties and the Presidential Race [FEATURE]

What role will marijuana play in the presidential election campaign? Look to Colorado.

2. ACLU Fighting Decision in Cell Phone Tracking Case [FEATURE]

A US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision saying police do not need a warrant to track people through their cell phones has broad implications. The ACLU is on the case.

3. StoptheDrugWar.org Teleconference on the Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

StoptheDrugWar.org is pleased to announce our first teleconference, this one featuring representatives of the three state campaigns to legalize and regulate marijuana this November, and other exciting speakers.

4. Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative Maintains Nine-Point Lead

The Colorado marijuana legalization initiatives continues to hold a nine-point lead in polls, but hasn't yet broken 50%.

5. Washington Marijuana Legalization Measure Polling Strong

Six weeks out from election day, the Washington marijuana legalization initiative is showing the best polling numbers yet.

6. Former DEA Heads Urge Holder to Oppose Marijuana Legalization Measures

Now, here's a shocker: All the former heads of the DEA want Attorney General Holder to speak out against the marijuana legalization initiatives.

7. Colombia, FARC Rebels Set Peace Talks

Is the world's longest-running insurgency coming to an end? The Colombian government and the leftist guerrillas of the FARC have announced their first peace talks in a decade, but that's just the first step.

8. The Democratic Platform on Drugs

Drug reformers won't find the Democratic platform's positions on drug policy very inspiring.

9. Medical Marijuana Update

No DEA raids or federal threat letters to report this week, but the battles over medical marijuana continue on many fronts.

10. Alabama Man Kills Himself in Drug Raid

An Alabama man faced with deputies coming to take him in on drug charges shot himself instead last Sunday night. That's the 47th drug war death of the year.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Louisiana cop gets strung out in a hurry, a Florida cop is has car problems, a Kentucky state trooper has perv problems, and one member of a rogue New Jersey drug squad heads to prison.
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